Hi Friends, I'll go straight... I want to learn Microsoft Excel.

I tried to use its build-in help/tutorial, but I couldn't really understand the part that I want to learn (formulas...)

I've seen others who created a worksheet that works really well. I mean I was fascinated that excel was THIS powerful. So I wanna learn creating formulas.

Thanks!

Nandy

Excel is my favorite application on my personal PC. The problem with trying to learn from the Help files is that you don't have a practical exercise to work with.

Once you have a real situation/problem then the Help files are extremely helpful.

Amazon.com offers many books on the subject and I suggest that one of them is the best way to learn.

Bryan

Remember what a spreadsheet started out as. Electronic scratchpaper. You can either use the built-in formulas, or you can make your own. Either way you have to know the formulas work and what are its limitations. Just because the answer looks nice doesn't mean its correct. As stated by Bryan in the previous post, you should have a practical real world problem to work with. I use to start people off with a checkbook problem. Simple just add and subtract, deposits and withdrawals. Next try a mortgage (loan) amortization table and make the answer match that of using the built-in formula and to understand what cause the differences in the answers. This should give you a week or so of work to think about.

Hi Bryan & Fred, Thanks a lot, I learned things from your answers. Thanks.

Nandy

Rather than buying, try the library for a book on Excel. There are many good ones available.

Nandy, you have had several excellent suggestions but thereis ONE FREE tutorial that is SO easy and simple, it is almost too simple. It explains every step of the way and I use it in my classes where I teach seniors. Here is the site:

http://www.usd.edu/trio/tut/excel/2.html

Please try it. You might have to print out each lesson so as to have it by your side. The graphics are great too. Good luck. Ron

Wow. I couldn't agree more. It was a very smooth tutorial.

Thanks A LOT, Ron.

Nandy

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